Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz’s song “Talk Dirty” is a corny and vaguely racist ode to fucking women all over the globe, London to Taiwan. Leave it to our favorite cover band, the unbelievably talented Postmodern Jukebox, to give it a klezmer remake that actually makes the song more listenable. The best part is when the singer Robyn Adele Anderson starts singing in 2 Chainz’ part in Yiddish, which she apparently translated herself. All pop radio forever should just be these people. [YouTube]
Arcade Fire has been treating fans to new covers on every stop of their Reflektor tour, with songs chosen specifically for each city. What did they play in Philadelphia? Why, the Boyz II Men classic, “Motownphilly,” obviously! I’ve watched this video like 6 times and I still can’t decide if their rendition is amazing or cringe-worthy. My boyfriend, the world’s #1 Boyz II Men fan, insists it’s a travesty. Let me know your vote in the comments! [Rolling Stone]
Can you believe that the June issue of Elle is Kerry Washington‘s first major fashion magazine cover? That is a Big Deal for the first black woman to headline a network TV show. Kerry’s just breakin’ barriers left and right, isn’t she? I like it.
Last week, Billie Joe Armstrong melted down onstage at the IHeartMusic Festival and over the weekend he checked into rehab for substance abuse. Here his pal Alanis Morrissette covers Green Day’s song “Basket Case” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the most Alanis Morrisette-y way possible, meaning as a ballad. She told Billboard.com, “We’re all figuring it out. So let’s just support the fragile artist. I’ve always been an advocate and supporter of artists and Billie Joe to me — he deserves to be bowed down to, He’s been in this industry for a long time and so for him to experience the consequence of a system that kind of set it up for him to fail is a travesty to me.” Alanis sang “Basket Case” earlier this week at a concert in Pomona, California, too. I prefer the Green Day version, to put it politely, but it’s sweet the way she’s publicly supporting her friend. [Billboard]
“I would never work with people who aren’t really creative and aren’t committed to what they do. Unfortunately, there are a lot of those people out there, they are fucking everywhere, and they try to suck the soul out of you. For example, I would never do a makeup campaign, even though the [final] photos with me would probably look good. Thank you, but it doesn’t interest me.”
― I want so badly in my heart of hearts to root for Kristen Stewart, but she makes it so damn hard. The cover star of the new issue of Glamour Germany had some pretty smug things to say, and I’m frankly kind of astounded by how conceited and ungrateful she comes across. What makes a makeup campaign any more superficial or “soulless” than her Balenciaga fragrance campaign (the tagline of which is, creepily, “the new eau de parfum worn by Kristen Stewart”) or, for that matter, the entire “Twilight” franchise? Let’s hope that at least some of this interview’s self-centered tone can be chalked up to the translation, and Kristen isn’t actually this unsympathetic. [Celebitchy]
Isn’t it nice to see Keira Knightley’s pretty face adorning multiple magazine covers rather than someone like, say, Kim Kardashian? I jest, kind of, and I do know a few people who maintain that Keira is only marginally more talented than the reality star in question … but regardless, she’s definitely more likable. I’ll be honest, my affinity may have less to do with Keira’s abilities as an actress and way more to do with the fact that there was a time in my life wherein I, like, so totally wanted to be Elizabeth Swann. Keep reading »